FCC Ruling on 800Mhz today

Status
Not open for further replies.

KT7L

Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2007
Messages
156
Location
Park City, Utah
This news release may be of interest to the group....

June 20, 2008 05:07 PM


Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) has another 30 days to vacate its spectrum holdings in the 800-MHz band, according to regulatory officials as the company continues to move spectrum used for commercial purposes that can interfere with public safety communication systems.
In an order signed Friday by Derek K. Poarch, chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, the telecommunications firm and wireless provider was given an additional 30 days to be tacked on the original June 26 deadline for vacating the spectrum.



In addition several hundred public safety networks were granted extensions to similar deadlines on their spectrum earlier this week.

The FCC noted that in July of 2004 it approved a plan to reconfigure the 800-MHz band "to address a growing problem of harmful interference." At the time the FCC said the plan was designed to protect the lives and emergency personnel including first responders.

Sprint's effort to comply with the FCC order and vacate the 800-MHz spectrum has bogged down the company for several months and has been a behind-the-scenes financial strain on Sprint, which is the third largest U.S. cell phone service provider behind AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

A Sprint spokesman said the firm was grateful for the deadline waiver. "We remain committed to completing the reconfiguration," spokesman Scott Sloat told the Associated Press. "By granting this waiver the FCC will help promote the reconfiguration process while helping Sprint protect its service to its Nextel customers."
 

qlajlu

Silent Key
Joined
Jul 25, 2005
Messages
2,287
Location
Kearns, Utah
It sure would be nice to know what UCAN's target date for "throwing the switch" is. At this point, that seems to be an arbitrary number enshrouded in smoke with a bunch of mirrors in the corners.
 

bneilson

Member
Premium Subscriber
Joined
Aug 2, 2004
Messages
879
Location
South Jordan, Utah
So the statement on the UCAN website says:

"We have started to reband infrastructure but only the conventional sites located in rural Utah. The main trunked radio infrastructure rebanding is scheduled to begin in late June but we are making every effort to find and complete all user radios prior to changing the sites."

So based on that we should be keeping our ears wide open...

I know they were up in the State EOC about 2 weeks ago re-programing the radios there. I also observed a few Radio IDs that were issued to UCAN techs that have been re-assigned to other departments. I would suspect this is due to less radios needing programing and a reduction in the radio tech force.

They have got to be getting close....
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top